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November 2009 Press Release



For immediate release: November 9, 2009                                Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
                                                                                                             Communications: (410) 260-4511



Maryland college students excel through Academic Common Market
Program pays in-state tuition for some students who attend out-of-state schools

(Annapolis, MD) November 5, 2009 – Ten Maryland residents who took advantage of the Academic Common Market (ACM) program recently received their bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate’s degrees from George Mason University. The ACM enables college students to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program in a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) state if it is not available at a public institution in their home state, and pay in-state tuition rates.

Maryland is one of 16 states that is affiliated with SREB, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that works with its members to improve pre-K and higher education.

“Thousands of Maryland students have benefited from this invaluable program,” Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr., said. “Maryland’s colleges and universities offer a variety of outstanding programs, there are some they don’t which other state institutions make up for. I especially appreciate Governor O’Malley’s strong support of this program.”

The students who received their degrees from George Mason through the Academic Market are:

  • Jennifer Barb (Ph.D. in BioInformatics), Kensington, MD.
  • Mah Bintou Coulibaly (M.A. in International Commerce and Policy), Silver Spring, MD.
  • Marissa Hausfeld (M.S. in New Professional Studies – Organization Development and Knowledge Management), Potomac, MD.
  • Monica Hawkins (Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy), Burtonsville, MD.
  • Kory Johnson (Ph.D. in BioInformatics), Gaithersburg, MD.
  • Ruth Padilla (B.A. in Integrated Studies), Germantown, MD.
  • Mikael Pyrtel (M.A. in International Commerce and Policy), Greenbelt, MD.
  • Jennifer Whitten (B.A. in Integrated Studies/Organization Administration), Oxon Hill, MD.
  • Monyelle Mingo (M.A. in Arts Management), Gaithersburg, MD.
  • Stacey Smith (M.A. in Arts Management), Gaithersburg, MD.

    The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as an advocate for more than 337,000 college students in Maryland, for the State and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.


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